Notable Feast Days this Week:

July 27 - Anthusa, Asia Minor, 8th Cent.
July 28 - Samson, Brittany, 565
July 29 - Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (Lutheran)
July 29 - Olaf, King of Norway, 1030
July 30 - Peter Chrysologus, 450
July 31 - Ignatius of Loyola, 1556 (Roman Catholic)
July 31 - Joseph of Arimathea, Matthew 27:57
August 1 - Nicholas of Japan, 1912 (Eastern)
August 2 - Stephen I, Bishop of Rome, 257


Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Green

----- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost ----- August 2, 2020

Blessed and Broken

Jacob was broken and blessed by an awe-inspiring divine encounter (Genesis 32:22-32). The Lord is gracious to those who call upon his steadfast love and will satisfy those who seek his face (Psalm 145:8-9,14-21 and Psalm 17:1-7,15). He is overflowing with grace and promises good gifts to many nations (Isaiah 55:1-5). Through Israel, Jesus the Messiah was revealed to the world as the fulfillment of God's covenant promises (Romans 9:1-5). Jesus demonstrated God's grace by overwhelmingly satisfying the hunger of the crowds. The loaves were blessed, broken, and miraculously multiplied.  An apt metaphor for his own life, death, and resurrection (Matthew 14:13-21).

Scripture Readings

Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Show me the wonders of your great love

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
The Lord is gracious and compassionate

Commentary on Psalm 17
Thomas Aquinas

Commentary on Psalm 145

Pope Benedict XVI

Genesis 32, Isaiah 55Romans 9
Matthew 14, Psalm 17, Psalm 145

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 17 and Psalm 145

Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob wrestles with the angel and receives a blessing

Isaiah 55:1-5
Eat and drink that which satisfies

Romans 9:1-5
The glory of God's people in Israel

Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus feeds five thousand

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"When Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, he summarized in these gestures his own life. Jesus is chosen from all eternity, blessed at his baptism in the Jordan River, broken on the cross, and given as bread to the world. Being chosen, blessed, broken, and given is the sacred journey of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ. When we take bread, bless it, break it, and give it with the words “This is the Body of Christ,” we express our commitment to make our lives conform to the life of Christ. We too want to live as people chosen, blessed, and broken, and thus become food for the world." -Henri Nouwen
Collect for The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 145 and Psalm 17 from

Taken and Blessed | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet

O My God and King and Savior (Psalm 45) | Tune: HOLY MANNA | Leadsheet 

O For the Honor of Our King (Psalm 145) 
| Tune by Charitie Bancroft and Vikki Cook (Before the Throne of God) | Original Words by Martin Leckebusch, 2002 | Words Adapted and Modified by Philip Majorins, 2017

I Will Lift Up Your Name (Psalm 145) | by S. Agrisano and Tom Tomaszek | Leadsheet 

Every Living Thing (Psalm 145) | by Lacey Brown | Leadsheet and Commentary

Traces of Your Love (Psalm 17) | By Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet 

Psalm 17B (Lord Bend Your Ear) | By Jeffrey Honore | Page 86 in Psalms for All Seasons

Psalm 17 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 145 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 17 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 145 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Two Little Fishes And Five Loaves Of Bread by Sister Rosetta Tharp
Jacob Wrestled with the Angel by The Great Gospel Stars
Five Loaves and Two Fishes by Corrinne May
Jacob vs. Angel by Graham Gordon Ramsay 
Jacob and the Angel by Suzanne Vega  
Thematic Art 
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